At the Mara Law Firm we are proud to fight for the rights of workers who are injured in Iraq, Afghanistan or anywhere overseas while covered by the Defense Base Act.

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All eligible civilian employees injured abroad while working under a U.S. government contract are entitled to compensation. This is according to the Defense Base Act (DBA). 42 USC §1651, et seq. The DBA is an extension of the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). The compensation includes medical benefits and disability compensation. Also, under the DBA, all eligible survivors of a civilian contractor killed while working overseas are eligible for death benefits.

If you were a civilian contractor injured while working overseas such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Guantanamo Bay or Southeast Asia, contact Mara Law Firm. We are DBA lawyers ready to help you obtain the compensation you need to recover from your injuries.

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Eligibility for Compensation Under the Defense Base Act

Before you can receive compensation, you must meet certain criteria. It is important to stress that nationality is not one of the criteria. If you were injured during while working overseas and you meet any of the following criteria, you are eligible:

  • You worked overseas on a public works contract for a U.S. government agency that falls under war activities or the heading of national defense.
  • You worked overseas for a private employer on land used by the U.S. for military reasons or on a U.S. military base.
  • You worked for the United Service Organizations (USO) or another organization that provided welfare and moral services to the overseas U.S. military.
  • You worked under a U.S. government-funded and approved contract

If you are civilian injured while working overseas, you’re entitled to medical benefits, compensation other benefits, according to the DBA. The DBA is a federal law. It significantly differs from California workers’ compensation laws. The Mara Law Firm has specialized in DBA cases for over a decade. We are familiar with the U.S. Department of Labor claims process and the Office of Administrative Law Judges formal hearing process. When you need help with a DBA case, call our Defense Base Act attorneys at the Mara Law Firm.

Who is Considered a Civilian Employee?

The DBA doesn’t limit the definition of a civilian employee. Eligible civilian employees include, but are not limited to:

  1. Clerical workers
  2. Truck drivers
  3. Translators
  4. Linguists
  5. Cooks
  6. Security officers
  7. Explosive experts
  8. Janitors
  9. Mechanics

You are eligible to receive temporary or permanent disability benefits. For example, you will receive ⅔ of your average weekly earnings. There is a maximum amount you can receive. The amount will change depending on the average wage rates and the economy. The calculation is made on the 52 weeks worked before your injury.

You are also eligible for:

  1. Surgical treatment
  2. Diagnostic studies
  3. Hospitalization
  4. Medical treatment
  5. Nursing
  6. Faith healing
  7. Apparatus required for treatment
  8. Costs for traveling for medical treatment

You have the right to choose your own doctor to treat your injuries.

If you already had a pre-existing condition and it is aggravated, you may also receive compensation. The main requirement is that your employment overseas must accelerate, aggravate, or connect with a disease or condition for which you’re seeking compensation.

Death Benefits for Family Members of a Civilian Worker Killed Overseas?

Tragically, some civilian worker are killed during the course of their employment. Fortunately, the DBA provides for benefits for the family members or next of kin. 

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Contact us today to schedule a free confidential consultation with our Defense Base Act Lawyers. Our dedicated staff will provide you with the attention and consideration that you deserve in your time of need. Our Defense Base Act attorneys at the Mara Law Firm will devote ourselves to protecting your interests and obtaining the maximum benefits that your case merits.

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